Tour of the Accursed Mountains: Koman Lake, Valbona & Theth

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Most travelers describe the Komani Lake ferry ride as “one of the best experiences” while visiting the Balkans. The tour to Koman Lake, Valbona and Theth is a hiking and adventure tour program that offers its participants a combination of wild nature, unforgettable ferry ride through the heart of the Albanian Alps, unmatched hospitality and untamed views. During these four days you will be spoiled for choice from the amazing views of Northern Albania, combining a variety of exciting outdoor activities with plenty of time to soak up the local culture.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Choose Balkans

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Day 1 Tirana or Shkoder – Komani Lake – Rural Village

Stop At: Tirana

Our journey towards Komani Lake begins early in the morning at 05:00 am. Our tour leader will come and pick you up at your hotel in Tirana.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shkoder

Our tour leader will come and pick you up at your hotel in Shkoder

Duration: 3 minutes

Stop At: Vau i Dejes

As we take the turn from the main road to Vau i Dejës the area becomes more rural with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. We will stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting, and from here on we will experience local transport over bumpy roads but with a great view.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Komani Lake

We get on a local boat (this destination is only reachable by boat) that will take us through Komani Lake. It is considered by many as an exotic experience combined with the unmatched hospitality of the locals. After settling ourselves in this small village, we will explore the homestay and learn more about local life. Overnight in a traditional guesthouse at Komani Lake in a small village

Duration: 2 hour

Day 2 Rural village – Valbona Valley

Stop At: Valbona Valley National Park

Waking up with such a magnificent view of Komani Lake and the Albanian Alps will make you want to stay longer, however, after breakfast we will have to continue our journey to other astonishing wonders. Our next destination will be Valbona Valley National Park.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At:

After a delicious traditional lunch, we explore the area hiking up to Kukaj from where we admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps, Valbona Valley and the Accursed Mountains.

Duration: 3 hour

Day 3 Valbona Valley - Valbona Pass – Theth

Stop At:

Get ready for the highlight of this trip. Trekking to Theth from Valbona will be an intense day as the walk takes about 6 to 8 hours (about 1050m elevation) in a remote terrain, nevertheless unquestionably worthy! The Valbona pass to Theth offers a spectacular view of the Peaks of the Balkans and “Accursed Mountains”. When reaching the top of the Valbona Pass, you will experience a serious shot of adrenaline. From here you will be able to see at both sides of the valleys. This top viewpoint is perfect for a short break and the possibility to capture amazing pictures of the Albanian Alps. On our descent to Theth (1,100m in elevation and over a 6km distance) we will pass through some beautiful landscapes and wild forests. The path toward Theth National Park is shaded by the forest. After reaching the village, we will walk towards the traditional guesthouse. Overnight in Theth.

Duration: 6 hour

Day 4 Theth – Grunas Waterfall – Blue Eye Theth - Tirana

Stop At: Grunasi Waterfall

We will enjoy our last traditional breakfast at the heart of the Albanian Alps. After breakfast we will visit the Old Church and the “Lock in” Tower (symbol of Theth). The stories behind these buildings take up centuries full of history. From there we will begin our hiking adventure to Grunas Waterfall (about 1-hour hike one way). Grunas Waterfall is a curtain of white water that comes over the grey rocks as if it were being poured from a bucket that never empties. The water tumbles down the hillside in a series of mini-waterfalls.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blue Eye of Theth

After, we will continue our hiking journey towards the natural wonder the so-called “Blue Eye of Theth”. The hike lasts around 3 hours one way. The Blue Eye is formed by the erosion of the rocks by the water that descends from melting snow of the Albanian Alps. You will not be able to take your eyes off the iridescent glow of green and blue colors of this marvel of nature, inviting you to dive in.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At:

Our driver will come and pick you up in Nderlysaj, taking us back through a steep sneaky hillside reaching up to 1700 meters above sea level at Qafa e Thores. They say this is the spot with the best picture – perfect view of the Albanian Alps.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shkoder

The elaborated zig-zags road through the mountainous terrain smoothens down little by little taking us towards Shkoder

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tirana

The elaborated zig-zags road through the mountainous terrain smoothens down little by little taking us towards Tirana. You will return home full of the wonders of Albania with a new sense of self excitement to share with those around you.
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